Millet Has Been Around For a Long Time

Millet is a gluten-free ancient grain that is nutritious and delicious. This grass has a long history of cultivation by humans. Even the Bible mentions the use of millet. I will help you get started with millet by including instructions on how to cook millet, as well as a recipe for breakfast millet porridge.


This is pearl millet growing in a field.

There are several different varieties of millet. For instance, pearl millet is very popular and originates from Africa. Finger millet also is derived from Africa. Foxtail millet comes from China. Because millet can grow well in soil conditions which are dry, infertile, and generally poor, places with these soil conditions, such as parts of Africa and South Asia, can reliably grow millet for grain.



Millet is a good substitute for barley or couscous if you want a gluten-free option. The nutty flavour of millet can be enhanced by toasting it first in a dry pan over medium heat while stirring. It will be toasted after a few minutes, and then you can proceed to cook it. Millet does not contain all nine essential amino acids; like wheat, millet is not a complete protein. However, you can add tofu or a legume to millet in order to complement the missing essential amino acids.

How to Cook Millet

You can toast the millet first if you want a richer flavour.

Rinse the millet, and drain the water. Put 2 cups of water and 1 cup of millet into a medium saucepan, and turn the heat on high until it boils. Cover the saucepan, and reduce the heat to low, and allow to cook for 15 minutes. Let the saucepan stand, covered, for a further 10 minutes. All the liquid should be absorbed and the millet will be nice and fluffy.

Millet Porridge

This works well for breakfast. Makes only one serving, so double up if you need to.

1cup millet

3cup water

1cup soy milk

1teaspoon ground cinnamon

1teaspoon vanilla

4 chopped pitted dates (or more)

some maple syrup

  1. In a saucepan, mix together the millet, water, soy milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and chopped pitted dates.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat down to low. Cover the saucepan and allow the contents to simmer for 25 minutes. When it is done, the liquid should all be absorbed. If it is not, cook for about 3 minutes more.
  4. Add the maple syrup and stir.

What to Else Do With Millet

You can use millet like you would use couscous. You can add millet to soups as you could with barley. Millet is also great as a salad. Green Cuisine makes a delicious North African millet salad.